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Best practice for appying MS Updates

Posted on 2011-09-02
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I go through a testing period with the monthly Microsoft Updates, and release them all on a given weekend to our workstations and servers.  I was thinking about splitting up the load, say critical first and then important and recommended ones later. Is it best to apply Microsoft's security updates all at once or does it matter?  Does anyone have any experience or pros or cons of doing it, one way or another?

MS seems to be providing more and more updates each month, and the .net patches can be large and time consuming, especially if you have multiple versions installed.
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Hi,

I usually use System Center Configuration Manager (rather than WSUS) to apply updates and I found that I could happily apply everything at the same time.  I usually have a testion period as the odd update does cause BIG changes.

I would recommend, as long as you're happy about the testing time you have, mass update applying is not an issue, especially when it's done in the background and does not interrupt users.
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